New Straits Times - - Opinion -

IN the com­men­tary en­ti­tled “A pro­fes­sional jour­ney of pas­sion with Ber­nama” (New Sun­day Times, May 28), a few quo­ta­tions were wrongly at­trib­uted to Ber­nama chair­man Datuk Seri Az­man Ujang. Those para­graphs, in fact, rep­re­sent the views of colum­nist Datuk Ah­mad A. Talib.

The para­graphs in ques­tion should have ap­peared as fol­lows:

Let’s hear what Ber­nama chair­man Datuk Seri Az­man Ujang has to say.

“Ber­nama was like a univer­sity to jour­nal­ists in the days when schools of mass com­mu­ni­ca­tions were un­heard of.

“And I can’t think of a bet­ter place to learn the trade be­cause over here, jour­nal­ists have to be bilin­gual (English and Malay).

“Ca­reer-wise, es­pe­cially for those with a pas­sion for jour­nal­ism, Ber­nama gives them the sat­is­fac­tion be­cause one gets to see his or her news in more than one news­pa­per, be­sides ap­pear­ing on ra­dio and tele­vi­sion.” (Ed’s note: Az­man’s com­ments end here.)

Ber­nama was a step­ping stone for many of its good jour­nal­ists. This was not by de­sign but due to the nat­u­ral sup­ply and de­mand sit­u­a­tion in the job mar­ket.

Some jour­nal­ists be­came press sec­re­taries to min­is­ters, while oth­ers were drawn to the pri­vate sec­tor where they gained more ex­po­sure and bet­ter salaries and perks.

There were those who joined academia and be­came lec­tur­ers and rose through the ranks to be­come pro­fes­sors and deans.

If I re­call cor­rectly, one Ber­nama jour­nal­ist be­came press sec­re­tary and later, a cab­i­net min­is­ter sev­eral years ago.

At least one Ber­nama em­ployee has moved into pol­i­tics and ended up be­com­ing a deputy min­is­ter. Ber­nama has spread its wings far and wide.

We apol­o­gise for the er­ror.

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